German Ivy – Delairea odorata (Senecio mikanioides)

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German Ivy – Delairea odorata (Senecio mikanioides)

Common Name: German Ivy, Parlor Ivy

Botanical Name: Delairea odorata (Senecio mikanioides), del-AIR-e-a o-do-RA-ta

Decorative Life: Many months to years.

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  • Named for M. Delaire, French botanist in the 1700s.
  • This species has naturalized in California and has become an invasive weed.
  • What was once a much closer relative, Senecio macroglossus ‘Variegatus’, looks just like German Ivy but has variegated leaves and bright yellow flowers.